AS1: WEEK 4, MAY 10TH, 2019

Homework

Using the notes you took in class today, write a paragraph in English about each of these two topics and upload to Manaba:

  • the Celts
  • the Roman invasion of Britain

Use your own English. The purpose is not to write perfect English but to use your own mind.

Today’s class

  1. Examples of student writing with comments
  2. Format and guidelines for submission of assignments
  3. Deadline is Wednesday midnight before class.
  4. We read about the Celts and the Roman invasion of Britain. Students took notes while reading and listening.

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WS1: WEEK 4, May 10TH, 2019

Homework

  1. Write a summary of the story of the two ants (from the textbook “Splitting the Arrow”). Your summary should be objective and contain only facts from the story.
    1. Remember to make use of MSWord’s grammar and spelling check.
    2. Name your document WS1 Two Ants Your Name
    3. Do not upload PDF files as I cannot edit these.
    4. Use your own English. The purpose is not to write perfect English but to use your own mind.
  2. Write a personal response to the “Two Ants” story on the Forum on Manaba. What does the story mean to you? Did you like the story? Why or why not? Your response will be seen by your classmates, and you can read (and reply to) your classmates’ comments.

Today’s class

  1. Examples of student summaries.
  2. Assignment and submission guidelines
    1. Use this format for your uploaded documents:
      1. WS1 Assignment title Your name
    2. Deadline is midnight on Wednesday before class.
  3. We read the story “The Two Ants”.

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WS1: WEEK 3, APRIL 26TH, 2019

Homework

  1. Write a summary of the Coconut story in “Splitting the Arrow”. Your summary should include only the main points of the story and should be between 3~6 sentences long. Upload it in the assignments section of Manaba.
  2. Write a personal response to the Coconut story and upload it in the Forum on Manaba. What you write will be read by your classmates and me.

Today’s class

Thinking academically

  1. Asking questions to get correct and accurate information
    1. This is necessary in order to
      1. take correct action
      2. write correct reports or essays
      3. write persuasive essays
    2. We read the textbook, pages 01-04.
      1. Japan has a traditional practice called Zen which includes the use of unusual questions (called “koan”) to provoke deep thought and understanding in the student. One example of a “koan” is “What was your name before you were born?”
    3. We read the Coconut story, checked the meaning of difficult vocabulary and wrote a summary of it.

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AS1: WEEK 3, APRIL 26TH, 2019

Homework

  1. Write a paragraph about Stonehenge in England.
  2. Fill in the Brit movie List
    1. Write the Japanese title of the movies
    2. Check the box if the movie is in the DWC library.
    3. Bring your list to class May 10th.

Today’s class

Thinking academically:
  1. Ask questions to get correct and accurate information
  2. New question: cui bono?
  3. Definitions
    1. Categorize. E.g. England is a country in the southern part of the island of Great Britain and if is one of the four countries in the United Kingdom.
  4. We re-wrote definitions of Great Britain, the British Isles, the U.K. and England.
We read about Stonehenge and the prehistory of Britain.

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WS1: Week 2, April 19TH, 2019

Homework

Send me an email using correct email format as shown in the image here: https://sheffnersweb.net/blogs/classblogs/dwc/email-format/

  • Your name
  • your class
  • comments about today’s class

Today’s class

  1. Principles of academic writing (thinking academically)
    1. Ask questions BEFORE judging, deciding, writing or speaking in order to get correct and accurate information
      1. what?
      2. when?
      3. where?
      4. why?
      5. how?
      6. who?
    2. Define your terms. E.g. “define cat – what category is a cat and how is it different from other animals in the same category?”
    3. We read the first story, “The Pot with the Hole”.
    4. We wrote a summary of the story in 3 sentences.
    5. Students wrote a  response paragraph.

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AS1: Week 2, April 19TH, 2019

Homework

Send me an email using correct email format as shown in the image here: https://sheffnersweb.net/blogs/classblogs/dwc/email-format/

  • Your name
  • your class
  • comments about today’s class

Today’s class

  1. Draw a map of Britain WITHOUT looking at last week’s map or using the Internet. Use your own head.
  2. Principles of academic writing (thinking academically)
    1. Ask questions BEFORE judging, deciding, writing or speaking
      1. what?
      2. when?
      3. where?
      4. why?
      5. how?
      6. who?
    2. Define your terms.
    3. Write a definition for each of the following:
      1. What is “Britain”?
      2. What is the United Kingdom?
      3. What is England?
      4. What are the British Isles?
    4. Why do you study? Watch the video below .
    5. Meaning of “liberal arts education”.
    6.   Education for free people (not for slaves)
      1. Education to train people to think for themselves and make their own judgements without relying on others (see #1 above – drawing a map of Britain)
      2. Education for self-defence, so as not to be tricked by others

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Welcome to Sheffner’s Writing Strategies I

Welcome to Sheffner’s Writing Strategies I (WS1) class.

The textbook is “Splitting the Arrow” by Prem Rawat. We will start using this from next week.

I have uploaded today’s (Friday April 12th) presentation to the resources folder. You can also download it here: WS1 2019- course intro

Homework: send me an email.

  • Introduce yourself briefly,
  • tell me what class of mine you are in and why you are taking this class
  • make a short comment about today’s class (April 12th).
  • Use a current email address that you check regularly. I will use this to contact you from time to time during the semester.

Check out the email format image if you’re not sure of the format.

I’m looking forward to this semester. See you next Friday, April 19th.

Today’s class

  • What is academic writing?
  • What is the origin of the word “academic”?
  • Who started it?
  • What are the characteristics of academic writing?
  • Key points of today’s class:
    • What? When? Where? Who? How?Why?
    • Defininitions / define your terms
    • Why study? Watch this video

Liberal Arts were originally education for free people as opposed to slaves. The first three liberal arts were 

  • grammar (correct language)
  • logic (correct thinking)
  • rhetoric (how to persuade others)

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Welcome to Sheffner’s Academic Skills I

Welcome to Sheffner’s Academic Skills I class. The topic is British history. I have uploaded today’s (Friday April 12th) presentation to the resources folder on Manaba. You can also download it here: AS1, 2019- course intro

Homework: send me an email.

  • Introduce yourself briefly,
  • tell me what class of mine you are in and why you are taking this class
  • make a short comment about today’s class (April 12th).
  • Use a current email address that you check regularly. I will use this to contact you from time to time during the semester.

Check out the email format image if you’re not sure of the format.

I’m looking forward to this semester. See you next Friday, April 19th.

Today’s class

  • What is academic writing?
  • What is the origin of the word “academic”?
  • Who started it?
  • What are the characteristics of academic writing?
  • Key points of today’s class:
    • What? When? Where? Who? How? Why?
    • Defininitions / define your terms
  • What is Britain?
  • Draw a map of Britain
  • The Hometown game

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WS2: WEEK 15, JANUARY 25TH, 2019

Today’s class

  • hand in AND email your final version
  • leave a comment about your experience of this class:
    • the good points
    • the “could-be-better” points

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AS2: WEEK 15, JANUARY 25TH, 2019

Today’s class

  • hand in hard copy of draft #2
  • 1-to-1 conferencing to discuss draft #2
  • hand in AND email your final version.
  • write a comment about your experience of this class:
    • the good points
    • the “could-be-better” points

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